Time well spent

Viru­toz­ity part­ners with vacheron con­stantin for an event cel­e­brat­ing The brand’s re­cently re­leased overseas col­lec­tion

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Vir­tuoz­ity re­cently in­vited 15 ex­clu­sive guests from its club lim­i­tada to sam­ple an evening of fine cigars, paired with stun­ning sin­gle malt, in a set­ting dedicated to haute horol­ogy.

the guests were avid watch col­lec­tors, mean­ing that they were well suited to the de­lights that Vacheron con­stantin—vir­tuoz­ity’s part­ner for the evening—had put on show. Along with the cigars, guests were treated to an ex­clu­sive look at the brand’s overseas col­lec­tion, which was launched ear­lier this year.

The venue

the venue for this evening was the cigar room, at the Fair­mont the Palm. A lounge which is quickly be­com­ing a Viru­toz­ity favourite, it’s an el­e­gantly chic haven fea­tur­ing com­fort­able clas­sic leather set­tees, pol­ished wooden floor­ing, a flame lit back wall and a walk-in hu­mi­dor. the cigar lounge spe­cialises in malt whiskies and boasts a large col­lec­tion of bour­bons. And there are of­ten ex­clu­sive evenings de­voted to pair­ings of cigars, malts, wines and choco­lates, hosted by a cigar som-

me­lier, which cre­ate a re­fined con­nois­seur ex­pe­ri­ence.

The col­lec­tion

Such a set­ting was per­fect for a show­case of some of the most de­sir­able time­pieces around. The Overseas col­lec­tion was un­veiled at SIHH 2016 (Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie), and was billed as a rein­ven­tion of sport­ing el­e­gance.

The Man­u­fac­ture cal­i­bres of the new watches in the Overseas col­lec­tion are all au­to­matic and Hall­mark of Geneva cer­ti­fied. Each fea­tures a 22-carat gold os­cil­lat­ing weight adorned with a wind rose, em­body­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tic Overseas travel spirit.

Sur­rounded by a soft iron ring pre­serv­ing them from mag­netic dis­tur­bances, these cal­ibers boast re­mark­able pre­ci­sion and dura­bil­ity. Most Overseas cases are fit­ted with a screwed-down case­back and crown, thereby guar­an­tee­ing wa­ter-re­sis­tance to around 150 me­tres, 15 bar (around 50

me­tres), or 5 bar for the ul­tra-thin mod­els. These char­ac­ter­is­tics are en­graved on the back of the watches, around the sap­phire crys­tal case­back.

The new Overseas mod­els meet high prac­ti­cal and aes­thetic de­mands in or­der to en­sure op­ti­mal com­fort, ver­sa­til­ity and user friend­li­ness around the globe. De­pend­ing on the model, Overseas watches are de­liv­ered with two or three dif­fer­ent re­mov­able steel or gold bracelets/leather and rub­ber straps that can be fit­ted with a fold­ing clasp. An in­ter­change­abil­ity

de­vice en­ables smooth and eas­ily al­ter­na­tion be­tween the bracelets/straps and fold­ing clasps with­out any tools, while guar­an­tee­ing the same stur­di­ness as a fixed bracelet/strap.

The in­dul­gence

For the cigars, the 15 Club Lim­i­tada mem­bers were treated to two ex­clu­sive sticks from Davidoff. One of them was the re­cently re­leased Dubai Edi­tion, which you can read more about on page 64. The cigars were paired with The Ma­callan Sin­gle Malt Whisky, cock­tails and fine canapés.

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